Road trips across America’s wide, ever-changing, wonderful expanse have thrilled drivers for generations. It doesn’t matter where you plan to start or where you plan to finish, you’re sure to bond with your fellow travelers and enjoy some snacks — blaring music the whole way, of course. What could be better?
Well, for Costner, a dose of culture takes things to the next level — and that is what Autio is designed to deliver. As Costner put it in a 2021 interview Autio posted on YouTube, the HearHere app (as it was known then) represents “an opportunity to preserve our history and do it while people are driving.” The hope, Costner continued, is that instead of getting bored or whiling away the time playing video games, passengers might instead pause to admire their surroundings as they whiz by and “understand that there was unbelievable drama that happened here in America.”
Autio’s primary function, then, is to bring that drama to travelers as they drive, like a much more interesting sat nav. Autio is available on the App Store and guests can try it for five free stories. After those free stories are used up, subscriptions start at $29.99 for one month’s unlimited access or $35.99 for a full year.